A fun little series I'm considering is a Saturday Accolade. Basically a weekly post dedicated to those who inspire me, or deserve a little love.
Now, for the first post, it's only fitting to acknowledge the person who really helped get my wheels turning on the whole blogging experience. And how silly of me to not tell her sooner, but I only just considered this idea. If I hesitate to post, however, I'm sure I'll procrastinate, and it might end up being a Tuesday Accolade, which doesn't quite roll off the tongue.
So, on with the story.
Recently I made a granny square shawl. Which is probably one of the easiest things to make. Granny squares were the first "pattern" I learned as a kid. But even so, sometimes starting a project without a clear plan can be daunting. Even if you've already made something similar 1000 times.
So, I did a little google and was blessed with a well written and easy to read refresher from Taylor-Lynn Crochet. Her pattern was easy to follow and the shrug was adorable. And even better, Taylor turned out to be the kind of blogger who actually seems interested in her followers. She was really nice!
She works hard to create crochet patterns that feature trendy styles, and are easy enough for beginners. The patterns are quick to make and cute enough for even experienced crocheters.
And to prove that crochet isn't just for winter or grannies, this girl has got you covered when it comes to summertime. If you thought crochet couldn't be sexy, check out her bikini patterns!
So, how am I inspired?
It's very simple, really. I've been toying with the idea of blogging for YEARS. And I always had an unobtainable idea of how it should be. Blogging just seemed way too overwhelming for a procraftstinator like me.
I was afraid that I wouldn't have time, or good content. I was afraid that I needed to have the perfect URL and branding everywhere, and a million subscribers and patterns and tutorials to keep readers engaged. And I DO need these things. But I don't need them before I've even got the first post published!
Taylor indirectly inspired me to give it a shot when she messaged me and we had a quick little chat. I realized that she's just a regular person. She wasn't built in a blogger factory. And even though her blog is awesome, and she's professional (and gorgeous, can I just say?) she's a person who loves the craft and wants to share what she knows. Just. Like. Me.
Even though I'm just starting out, with so much to learn, I don't quite feel like a total failure. I know that one day, I'll be where all my idol bloggers are. One day I'll have 100 tutorials, and maybe even make some change off a few original patterns. One day, I'll look back and remember how awkward my first blog posts were. But I'll always remember Taylor-Lynn's blog for helping me say, "hey. I can do that" rather than "I wish I could".